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Museum of the Danube Swabians: a photo, description Donauschwaebisches Zentralmuseum)

Museum of the Danube Swabians in the area of 1500 square meters was created for five years and was inaugurated in 2000. Ulm, standing on the banks of the Danube at its very source, in the early 18th century was a center of migration in the German — speaking population of the Danube Swabians — river to South-Eastern Europe. Involved vacant in the hostilities by land to the German merchants, peasants, workers were massively moved to the territory of Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia.

For 300 years since the beginning of mass migration, the history of the Danube Swabians has known periods of flourishing and attempts at destruction, displacement and repression. 27 expositions of the Museum dedicated to the life and political situation of the Swabians in different countries and periods. A small Museum staff have been hard at work in search of historical documents and exhibits describing the life of a once million-strong German community and almost destroyed as a result of repression after the Second world war. Co-existing with different peoples they studied the life and customs of the local population, providing in turn an influence on the development and industrialization of these lands.

The centerpiece of the Museum is the symbol of the Danube Swabians — the Gothic boat house on the water in which they began their journey to a new life.

Museum of the Danube Swabians in Ulm was not only a place of storage and the study of the history of this nation, but also a venue for various ethnic festivals, scientific conferences and exhibitions.